Why Cruise Ships Are White

Why Cruise Ships Are White


If I say the word “ship” to you. What color will it be in your imagination? Probably white. We’re used to seeing big white cruise ships. Is this color necessary or just fancy? It turns out there are a lot of reasons for
it, but not all of them are true. Cars come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Yellow, green, purple, red – you name it. You might think that the sea of car colors
would make documentation more complicated, but it’s not. You don’t need to write down what special
tone of magenta your car is, it can be marked as a generalized color – red. So there are absolutely no problems with color
choice, giving you the option to paint your car any color you like. Then why do ships still all look the same? Some people say it’s because the white color
is better for detection, both visual and on the radar too. They assume the white color reflects the radio
signal much better than any other color. Others say that it could literally replace
an air conditioning system and save a ton of energy for the ship. The obvious reason would be that it’s easier
to spot rust, minor hull damage and dirt on white. And finally, there’s the reasonable thought
that it just looks good, and costs less to maintain that nice image. Which theories are true and which aren’t? You can guess yourself and answer in the comment
section right now, before I elaborate on each one of them and shed light on the truth. Let’s see who can get it right! Get started by preparing yourself for the
truth: wipe out that image of the imaginary ship from your mind, because they aren’t
all white. And ironically, this very fact gives us a
clue to the reason why white is one of the more frequent choices for ships’ color. Most small boats are whatever colors their
owners want them to be. So one thing we already know here is that
the white color isn’t some kind of rule from a mariner’s book or something. Big cruise ships are often navy-blue or even
red in color. It mostly depends on the brand or company
under which they fall. Huge liners or tankers are mostly black with
a brownish-red color right above the waterline of their hull. The white color is most often worn by luxury
yachts and smaller cruise ships. Notice that sneaky clue I mentioned? Let’s see. Imagine if ships were to wear colors that
would be more noticeable in the sea than others. They certainly wouldn’t be blue then! And not white either. If you’ve ever been in high seas that are
also coincidentally called blue waters, you know that sometimes all you can see around
you is blue. When the weather is calm, it’s even hard
to figure out where the sea ends and the sky begins! The white color could possibly be helpful
here to spot a decently sized ship, but clouds and reflections of light in the waves are
also white. And here’s another clue: try to remember
things that are specially designed to be easily spotted in the blue water: like buoys, life
rafts, and life jackets. They’re a bright and fluorescent orange
in color because it’s the very opposite color to navy blue. Let’s agree, though, that if whole ships
were neon orange, that would just be horrible for the eyes. After all, we use radars to find lost ships. Speaking of which, the white color will do
nothing for radar detection. Metal already does everything. Fun fact: metal hulls are extremely good at
reflecting radio signals, no matter what color they are. If the hull is made of fiberglass like a lot
of yachts’ hulls are, then they’ll have some metal part in them to reflect the radar. That means that white has absolutely no impact
on any kind of detection in the sea, so we can rule this reason out for good. Hopping from one major clue in this search
for truth to another, we stumble upon the fact that some ships aren’t made of metal,
but epoxy and fiberglass instead. This epoxy is naturally white, so it’s easier
to cover it in varnish and then leave it be. This way it’s not only easier and cheaper
to make a ship look really nice, but it also deflects the possibility of mold that can
form in a layer of paint. If you keep in mind how aggressive saltwater
is, any paint could become a concern. For metal ships, it gets even worse because
they have to deal with rust. Tanker staff learned one trick that helps
with that, and it’s definitely not white paint. It’s red paint, obviously. This is why some ships keep their hull red
under the waterline. It’s basically cheating, but I can understand
the crew – it would be such a drag to try to maintain the paint and recover it from
rusty stains if it was all white! In addition, the black color of the upper
hull, both on huge liners and on tankers, serves a similar purpose since oil can be
spilled onto the hull’s surface quite often and leave nasty stains on it. There were some cases when the captain of
a tanker would intentionally give an order to paint the ship pure white! This would keep the crew so busy that they’d
become more disciplined than ever, simply because they wouldn’t have any spare time
to mess around. But of course, that’s not the reason why
cruise ships are mostly white. That would just be cruel! And one other thing about black ship hulls. Try to go out in the middle of the summer
dressed in black from head to toe – that would also be a cruel thing. Imagine what happens to a ship that’s painted
black! And you can hide in the shade if it’s too
hot for you, but in the middle of the ocean, unfortunately, that just won’t cut it. There’s absolutely no place to hide from
the sun in the sea except the ship itself. And a ship with a black hull would be heated
like a sauna. Its air conditioning systems would be racing
to their absolute limit and still wouldn’t be entirely successful at keeping it cool. Let alone how wasteful that would be in terms
of energy. The reason is simple. The black color absorbs almost all the sunlight
it catches; this color has no reflective abilities. Sunlight isn’t only bright, but it also
transfers energy in the form of heat. The more light gets absorbed – the more
heating power it generates. Red can reflect more light; up to 40% of it
just bounces off and doesn’t produce heat. Grey is slightly better. It can deflect half of all light, so a grey
hull will heat up two times slower than a black one. But white is simply the best at reflecting
the sun. It’s not a coincidence that we perceive
light as white. White reflects all the wavelengths of light
which, separately, would look like different colors to us, but altogether they make up
white. The white-colored ships would only absorb
20% of all the sunlight, so it won’t heat up as much. This immensely reduces the stress on air conditioning
systems and works wonders for energy efficiency. This reason is the absolute winner among the
possible explanations of why ships are often white-colored. But this color can do a lot of other things:
it’s easier to spot minor flaws in the hull’s coverage on white. And white ships look cool and respectable
in general. Did you guess any of these, or did your opinion
fail to pass the test? I bet you passed! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!

100 thoughts on “Why Cruise Ships Are White

  • October 28, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    I have a question, can you make a video of that your appendix is for? Everyone says it's useless

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    TIMESTAMPS:

    Aren’t they all white?! 1:33

    Why white has no impact on detection in the sea 3:19

    Why ships are red below the waterline 4:13

    What about black? 4:44

    The main reason why ships are white-colored 6:25

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    Ok bright side you need a break you make videos everyday and I feel like you dont get sleep. Take a day off man I feel bad for you.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    The Titanic and The Queen Mary weren't white.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    This is racist.
    Cruise ships company are not inclusive . They should paint some of their ships black, yellow brown. and rainbow. I'll encourage all 'people kind' in my organisations all over the world to protest in harbours, piers, channels etc to block all paasing boats, ship transport specially cruise ships… and all, even coast guard and navy ships!
    Until our demands met.
    This is unacceptable!

    👍😃

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    If you had a yacht, what color would it be? 🚤

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    Choco people are more racist , my opinion and person experience, shadow ,shady mindset always telling white racist

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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    He never simply says the answers in any vedio..lol..!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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    Nice

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Black ships: am I a joke to you

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    00:09 people are so racist bruh I swear🤬😥(sarcastic)

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    it is birth day

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    HEY EVERYONE! I’ve been a model for 11 years and I’m sharing all about it on my channel I just started! I would love any support!! 🙏❤️ love you guys.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Last one

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    That red stripe at the waterline on large ships has a purpose–it's called the Plimsoll line and it's a way to determine if the ship is overloaded. Stripe not showing? Too heavy. Stripe visible? You're good.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    the animations are entaining

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    the truth is to spot the dirt

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    Racet

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Raicest

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    This vid is good but raicest!!!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    My answer it cost less

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    Because it ads more weight🛳

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    I was thinking about an gray ship

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    White

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    Fancy

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    Bold colours like Red, get sun bleached rather quickly.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    I think it's the white colour to chose

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    becsuse it looks jice whith white

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    O think I got it sooo life jackets and Bouys are orange because in case of an accident you can see them and ships are white because they don’t want to be shooter down

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Most people other than white cant afford them.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Disney's ship is blue

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    I think cruise ships are white to detect rust better

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    Cruise ships are racist

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    What about the historical camouflage installed on ww2 ships

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    White and it looks good is not true

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    The sun

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    Royal caribbean are light blue

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    Me seeing a title:Why cruise ship is white? Because white reflects all color

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    I think it's because of racism

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    A mmmm wite?

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    Join team Trees

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Because the cruise ship manufacturing industry iz raycis

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    Why ships are white
    Me:because they are…

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    I see i see I see the titanic

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    I passed!!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    Damage control next clip ( why solar panels are black)

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    the because I was wondering what it meant

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    Todo

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    As a trump loyalist, white is superior

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    I did’nt mean todo I mean’ t that the rust and the visual therioes

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    I like ur video it is interesting

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    Nobody:

    Bright side: Why cruise ships are white

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    Why are planes white?

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    DemonRATS will say all white cruise ships are RACIST………

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    How do I make my voice sound like this guy?

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    they are white because
    black color is curse and that's why the titanic sank

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:02 pm
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    Carnival Mardi Gras

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Who likes to comment and gets happy when you hit more than 1 Like.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    I painted my ship PINK see if you can spot that BS

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    Great video

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    What color do I think of when someone says “ship”? Haze grey. Fly Navy.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    Why are Taxi's yellow???

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Or why is the earth blue???

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    BRIGHT SIDE: Why are cruise ships white?

    Me: Why am I black??

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Denzel washington is black but his teeth are super white ."his teeth are sooo racist"

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    02:11 reminds me of titanic

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    Small YouTuber

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    Vantablack is illegal

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    Some are white but not only white it can have stripes

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    Bright side make a video of this why are poilce cars white
    E

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    I failed

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    lol: It's because they are racist. LMBAO

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    I guess why ships are white is that that the ship won’t sink

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  • October 28, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    Is anybody watching in 2020!

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    It's simple, everybody knows mermaids like cupcakes with vanilla icing. So ships are white to attract mermaids.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    The ships sail at night, so white is right.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    The answer is simple. They are white because they work

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    Pink

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    So useful…

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    Watching this video for 3:30 minutes now, still don't get the answer

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    Subscribe to Steven Universe!

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    idk

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  • October 29, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    bc they can

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    I love voice

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    white privilege

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    So many suggestion.. so little time…. My i q is zero … I need more suggestions.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Who else has been a fan of BRIGHT SIDE before 2019😀😀

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    GIFTING my next 69 wonderful subs💖💎💎🆒

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Why do planes have wings lol 😂😂😂😂

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    Good job Bright Side! I really enjoyed your facts about why cruise ships should be white. This video provides good information. You definitely did a good job Bright Side!

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    Because they want it in white!

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    1.Heat reflecting
    2.Viability
    3.Easier resale
    4.Acknowledgment of a
    Passenger vehicle

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    before watching this i knew that it's because it's the most reflective colour of them all and there are people that argue that due to the natures of black and white that they shouldn't be colours (black is basically the absence of light while white is comprised of all wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum which is also why radio waves would still get reflected more, sure the material does most he work but the colour does help)

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    10 likes and i'll ask my crush out

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    The beginning on 0:30 are bettles

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    I think it's white because the sun is attractive to dark colors and white is the brightest color.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    On 2:10 titanic

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  • October 29, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    The rust one

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  • October 29, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Why Cruise Ships Are White:

    Because they're racist!!!!! 😡

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  • October 29, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    Because blacks don’t swim🤔

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  • October 29, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    True

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